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George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Modesty, not temper."

Modesty, not temper.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted."

It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.


         


George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?"

How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities."

Fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities.


         


George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "In poor Rosamond’s mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small in."

In poor Rosamond’s mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small in.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures."

In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it."

We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "If a man has a capacity for great thoughts, he is likely to overtake them before he is decrepit."

If a man has a capacity for great thoughts, he is likely to overtake them before he is decrepit.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism."

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "It is curious what patches of hardness and tenderness lie side by side in men’s dispositions. I suppose he has some test by which he finds out whom Heaven cares for."

It is curious what patches of hardness and tenderness lie side by side in men’s dispositions. I suppose he has some test by which he finds out whom Heaven cares for.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself."

I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.


         


George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them."

Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors."

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with."

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear."

Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought."

A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand."

Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Her anger said, as anger is apt to say, that God was with her— that all heaven, though it were crowded with spirits watching them, must be on her side."

Her anger said, as anger is apt to say, that God was with her— that all heaven, though it were crowded with spirits watching them, must be on her side.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born."

We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness."

Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity."

Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "If we had lost our own chief good, other people’s good would remain, and that is worth trying for."

If we had lost our own chief good, other people’s good would remain, and that is worth trying for.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?"

what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope."

what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so."

I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?"

What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view."

It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul."

To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards."

A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Blameless people are always the most exasperating."

Blameless people are always the most exasperating.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "I’ve always felt that your belongings have never been on a level with you."

I’ve always felt that your belongings have never been on a level with you.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are."

People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive."

Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "When a man has seen the woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will usually depend on her resolution rather than on his."

When a man has seen the woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will usually depend on her resolution rather than on his.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong."

But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?"

If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with."

Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Power of generalizing gives men so much the superiority in mistake over the dumb animals."

Power of generalizing gives men so much the superiority in mistake over the dumb animals.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Fred dislikes the idea going into the ministry partly because he doesn't like "feeling obligated to look serious", and he centers his doubts on "what people expect of a clergyman"."

Fred dislikes the idea going into the ministry partly because he doesn't like "feeling obligated to look serious", and he centers his doubts on "what people expect of a clergyman".


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "We cannot help the way in which people speak of us . . ."

We cannot help the way in which people speak of us . . .


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "I don't see how a man is to be good for much unless he has some one woman to love him dearly."

I don't see how a man is to be good for much unless he has some one woman to love him dearly.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions."

A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "One’s self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property which it is very unpleasant to find deprecated."

One’s self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property which it is very unpleasant to find deprecated.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder."

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them."

For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them."

Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "I never had any preference for her, any more than I have a preference for breathing."

I never had any preference for her, any more than I have a preference for breathing.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "Society never made the preposterous demand that a man should think as much about his own qualifications for making a charming girl happy as he thinks of hers for making himself happy."

Society never made the preposterous demand that a man should think as much about his own qualifications for making a charming girl happy as he thinks of hers for making himself happy.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama."

The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.


         

George Eliot, Middlemarch Quotes: "She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their clearest perception."

She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their clearest perception.